Exodus 3:5 — “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you stand is holy ground.
In the beginning of exodus 3 Moses comes across a burning bush while out shepherding his father-in-law’s sheep. When he gets closer God calls him forward and tells moses that he is standing on holy ground. What made this ground holy? Was it the miracle of a burning bush? Was it Moses’ presence? No, it was the presence of God that made the ground holy. God is the defining factor of what is holy, in fact, before God even told Moses that the ground was holy in exodus 3 tells us that “God called to him from within the bush.” God was there, thus the ground was holy. This is found in many other places as well. The holiest place in all of the old testament was the temple because it was where God lived before Jesus died.
After Jesus died the veil that kept the holy part of the temple separate form the rest of the world was torn. God was made accessible to everyone, and no longer only dwelt in a few places that were considered holy. Now God lives in us Christians, or as 1 Corinthians 6:19 puts it we are “temples of the Holy Spirit.” Think about that for a second: we are now the holiest places in all of the world.
1 Kings 8:10-11 — And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.
What significance does this hold for us? Two things. The first is this: There are no places in this world that have more potential for holiness any more. Jerusalem is not more Holy than Merna, Nebraska, it is the people there that may, or may not be more Holy. The second thing is that wherever we go becomes holy ground. If we go to Merna, Nebraska with God in us that place where we are becomes holy ground, God is there, sickness becomes foreign, love abounds, and all of the things that come with holiness.
Revelation 21:22 — And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.